MIAMI — The last piece of confetti had landed, the Miami Heat championship celebration was officially over and the crowd of revelers was starting to make its way to the exits.
Players and coaches remained on the stage.
They were in no hurry to leave. Every member of the NBA champions stood and watched a giant video board play highlights of Miami’s march through the playoffs, from LeBron James’ MVP-caliber plays on both ends to Ray Allen’s season-saving three-pointer in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
“You know what?” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “This season started over nine months ago with that trip to China and we were able to experience so many cool things together in the regular season. But at times, it just seems to be going by so fast.”
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So maybe that’s why the Heat aren’t ready to stop celebrating this title just yet.
With an estimated 400,000 people lining the downtown Miami streets, the Heat held their parade and an in-arena rally afterward Monday. James stood atop a double-decker bus with a cigar in his mouth for the parade.
“It’s the ultimate,” James told Sun Sports, the Heat broadcast partner. “This is what I came down here, to be able to have a parade at the end of the year.”
Brian Shaw, the former guard for the Los Angeles Lakers and Phil Jackson pupil, agreed to succeed George Karl as coach of the Denver Nuggets, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
Shaw, an Indiana Pacers assistant, told the The Denver Post he’s been “prepared by the best of the best” for his first NBA head coaching job.
• Former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen was questioned Monday about his weekend fight with an autograph-seeker that left the man hospitalized with a head injury. Pippen came in voluntarily to a Los Angeles County sheriff’s substation and spoke to police for about an hour and was released pending further investigation.